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Randall H. Cook is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura based in New York. He has more than 20 years of experience as a former federal prosecutor, in-house executive leader and counsel, Inspector General, law firm attorney, and U.S. Army officer leading and advising organizations engaged with critical operational, compliance, and risk mitigation challenges. Randy assists companies, organizations, investors, and counsel to navigate complex risks arising from national security concerns (including sanctions, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), and U.S. trade controls); government and regulatory investigations and audits; and public and fiscal integrity issues.
Prior to joining Ankura, Randy was Senior Counsel for two Fortune 50 global technology companies, where he built and led compliance and investigation programs focused on consistent, process-based risk analysis, engagement, and mitigation. These programs were a critical enabler for the companies’ successful navigation of consent agreements with the U.S. Department of State.
Randy also was an Assistant United States Attorney in the federal district of New Jersey, where he prosecuted numerous complex crimes while serving as District Coordinator for Counterproliferation Initiatives and as the Anti-Money Laundering District Coordinator for the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. Previously, he was an attorney for Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC, where he provided counsel and advocated for clients confronting complex regulatory issues in multiple industries.
Randy served in the United States Army and Army Reserve as an Infantry Officer, Strategy Instructor, Chief of Staff, and Inspector General. He currently is assigned as a Battalion Commander for a U.S. Army Drill Sergeant and Training Regiment located in the New York City area.
Randy’s professional experience includes:
- Sanctions Compliance: Assisted global enterprise in design and implementation of sanctions compliance program, including screening, enhanced diligence, assessment, policies and procedures, and program integration elements in order to mitigate to Ukraine Crisis-related sanctions risks.
- CFIUS Monitorships: Supervised design and implementation of CFIUS-required independent third party monitorship programs for (among others): a spacecraft company with divested Russian ownership; a global technology company that acquired software products used by U.S. government agencies; a global financial services company that was acquired by a Chinese multi-national; a global hospitality services franchise with Chinese investment; and a foreign-owned sensitive solar power facility.
- Disaster Recovery Procurement Compliance Program Design and Implementation: Led a team of Ankura professionals to design and implement a public procurement compliance program office in support of disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts for a large public utility following a catastrophic hurricane. The program office reviewed over $1.5 billion in procurement activity for Stafford Act compliance, conducted a compliance assessment and enhancement plan, and provided policy support and reporting in order to assure the utility’s credibility and the availability of federal disaster recovery assistance funds.
- Compliance Risk Assessment and Prioritized Program Design: Led a team of Ankura professionals to design a post-audit compliance program for fortune 500 international manufacturer. Approach integrated existing enterprise processes and systems, and developed a project plan that enabled the enterprise to implement the program through phased, risk-prioritized, iterative enhancements.
- Monitorship Investigations and Compliance Program Implementation: Led a team of Ankura professionals to design and implement an internal investigations and related compliance program for a fortune 50 aerospace defense and technology company to satisfy the requirements of a Consent Agreement with the U.S. Department of State. The program enabled the company to successfully implement an accountable, efficient investigation process and fulfill its compliance requirements to the satisfaction of the Consent Agreement’s monitor.
- As Senior Counsel and Empowered Official for two fortune 50 global technology firms, Randy built a compliance, investigation, and audit program specifically cited by State Department regulators as the “best in the industry” and led over 250 investigations with 100 percent success in resolution without enforcement action. Randy reduced outside counsel fees by over 90 percent over a two-year period.
- As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Randy served as the lead federal prosecutor on over 100 cases involving trade controls, sanctions, government contracts, fraud, computer crimes, money laundering, bank and tax fraud, narcotics, war crimes, and terrorism. During his tenure, he tried five cases to verdict, prepared 10 cases to within weeks of trial, and drafted and argued dozens of motions, as well as interviewed and prepared hundreds of targets, subjects, and witnesses.
- As a law firm attorney, Randy focused his practice on government, congressional, and internal investigations; CFIUS; trade controls; public integrity; anti-corruption; anti-fraud; and corporate defense for defense, policy, financial services, logistics, pharmaceutical, and technology clients.
- As a Lieutenant Colonel for the U.S. Army and the Army Reserve, Randy served as an Inspector General, conducted federal whistleblower and contract fraud investigations, and led organizational audits. As an Infantry Battalion Commander and Task Force Operations Officerhe provided mission-critical leadership, planning, coordination, and decision-making during multiple international and domestic contingencies.
- JD, Duke University School of Law
- MA, International Relations, Duke University
- BSFS, Georgetown University
- Honors & Awards
- United Technologies Corporation Performance Impact Award
- SCCE Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP)
- American Bar Association Bar Admissions: CT, NJ, NY
- Society for International Affairs
- International Association of Independent Private Sector Inspectors General, Member